U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 2009. (Jim Young/Reuters, Files)

Put this in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category.

Barron’s Educational Series Inc., a private publisher of materials to help students prepare for standardized tests, included in its “Barron’s AP European History,” 7th Edition, a graphic that lumps conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with the Ku Klux Klan as “those who want things like they used to be,” and is linked with an arrow to the words “reactionary/fascist.”

Barron’s responded by saying it would halt shipments, destroy the books and replace the graphic in new books. Here’s the mea culpa from Barron’s::